Monday, July 30, 2012

We Made It! 11 Days

With Daddy out of the country.

Whew!  There were some rough moments (and some good ones, too), but he got home last night a few hours before bedtime to a hero's welcome.

We tried to keep the week busy to help the days fly by.  A few highlights from the week:

We shopped.  Watched movies.  Shopped.  Read Treasure Island in a special stay-up-late night (fun night, tough morning).  Shopped.  Went to a little day camp for the week.  Shopped.  Alternated between eggs and oatmeal for supper.  Fixed a broken faucet, mowed the lawn, weeded the overgrown mulch, painted the front door, and hid in the basement during an awesome storm.   Ran out of oatmeal.

Dear Girl lost that tooth when I was flying solo.  Impeccable timing. ;)

We made "moon dough."

On a really humid day.  
 Sweat makes him itchy.  Moon dough and itchiness are just a little bit of a messy combination.  A little bit.

J sent flowers.  Sweet.

And they spent two whole days decorating and planning for his arrival home.  There were signs, songs, music and crepe paper.  Lots of crepe paper. :)

(Bangin' it out on the garbage truck.)

And it is so (SO) good to all be back together! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Funnies: Olympic Clowns

The Scene: Watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics.  An interview with an athlete is on.

M: He is cute.  He kind of looks like Daddy.


M: He would make a good clown.

Me: (What in the world?) Why?

M: He has a good face.

Me: (Laughing to myself--girl is crazy.  Does this mean Daddy looks like a clown?)

T: (With uncharacteristic sensibility) I think Mr. Bean would make a good clown--he's silly.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Made for This

Last night Beza had her first ever "pedicure" and "manicure."  I'm pretty sure she was made for that.  Sweet girl somehow knew exactly what to do.  She picked her colors (purple toes and pink glitter fingers) and then held so still while I painted her nails.

When we were all done she kept jumping up and down saying, "Pretty!"  And, "Sparkle!"  She's been saying that all day today.  

Also, this whole head balancing trick has reached new levels.  She walks around with a giant Lego block on her head most of the time.  And if not that, a book.  She gets insanely frustrated when it falls off.  

Today she was balancing a tissue box on her head in the grocery store.  (When you see a tissue box the first thing you think of is how long you can balance it on your head, right? ;)  She kept saying, "Ta-da, Mommy."  

Then, I just rushed upstairs because I heard her crying in her bed.  I thought maybe she had her foot stuck or something?  No, no, no.  Her bear, Gordy, was sitting with a book balanced on his head and she was very frustrated that a book kept falling off her Abby doll's head.

Seriously, I don't know that I've ever met someone who was so passionate about head-balancing. :)

It's fun seeing more and more of her personality as she grows.

Funnies: She Lost It (or "An Unlikely Person")

(Yes, yes, I am a bit behind. Without further ado--my Sunday post--on Wednesday.:)

We've had this loose tooth business going on for seemingly months now.  Wait, I guess it has been months.  Anyway, that little bottom tooth was finally ready for it's grand exit on Sunday.  

But it was holding on for it's dear, dear life.  M and I had a lovely 30-minute tooth counseling session that involved a lot of paper towels, grimacing and screaming (those last two were all me. ;).  She tried pulling it.  I very reluctantly tried pulling it.  And then T happed along.

T hates blood.  It's a given that at the first sight of it anywhere on himself, he's out of the game for at least two hours.  It's really quite remarkable.

Anyway, so T goes trotting by and I say, "Hey, check out that tooth!  Someday that will be you!  Wouldn't that make quite a story if you could get that out?"  In all seriousness, yes, I was trying to gross him out--bring him over to the dark side with me.  

Dude shrugs his shoulders, says sure he'll give it a try (of course), and out comes the tooth.  For real.  

Do you see what I see?  A whole mouthful of those pearly whites waiting their turn.  And not just one mouthful--two.  And for that matter a third not even pictured!  Oh, boy... :)

Nothing quite like a good tooth story to give you the warm fuzzies.  You are very welcome! ;)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Bites

Some of my newest snack obsessions from the August 2012 issue of Real Simple.

Lemony Avocado with Endive Dippers
Mashed avocado mixed with lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt served on endive.

Cherry Tomatoes with Goat Cheese
Halved cherry tomatoes topped with diced chives and feta cheese.

Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters
Melted chocolate mixed with walnuts.  
(Have you had Theo Chocolates?  So delicious--and organic and fair trade--double yum!)


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Funnies: He Had Me At The Card :)

Last week after the small people went to bed, we had a date night in to celebrate our annivesary.

There were roses...

Dinner from one of our favorite local restaurants...
(And a little dish of fun questions to answer--Like, what has been your favorite period of life?  [Now. :)] )
A few pictures to commemorate the event.
An awesome action shot post getting his cuff button stuck in my hair.  

And there was the card.  
Wrapped in sticky notes (see picture above).

I LOVE it--could there be a more perfect card?

Love you J Miller!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Catching Them...

At their best... :)

Her hands down favorite--reading.

Early morning hallway art together. (Caught by J.)

Coaching the bears.

Finally getting to cruise in the "truck cart."

Early Saturday morning park time (after the balloons.) (Check those pink sneakers!;)

Being quiet on the "Quiet Rug."

Singing to herself (and trying to start a fire?) during swimming lessons.  (See T?)

Having a real dinner with this crew in the spruced up "tree house."

Love these people! :)

Real Mom Notes:  We are currently working on some not so good attitudes complete with pouting faces, stomping feet and an inordinate amount of literal finger pointing (This made a recent grocery store expedition quite fun.  Quite fun.).  The current remediation plan is to take away one quarter (from $2) for every bad attitude moment--at the end of the week whatever amount of money is left can be used to buy a snack at the "beach."  Tomorrow is the end of the week and they still have money left!  Could be a fun Friday snack. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Not MY Tomatoes!!!

Ahhh....I LOVE tomatoes.  I remember eating great gobs of fresh, warm-from-the-sun tomatoes when I was little.  And trying to find just the right way to bite into a cherry tomato without all of the seeds splurting down my chin.

If we're lucky, our currently spindly tomato plants will rally to give us our own yummy harvest this year.  Fingers crossed. ;)

In the meantime, the grocery store fills in the gaps for these yummy recipes.

Corn and Black Bean Salsa with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

BUT, ugh, a few weeks ago I started reading about my tomatoes and it wasn't good news.  There is some not good stuff happening in the Florida tomato fields--a place where most of our winter grocery store tomatoes come from.  Some call it "ground zero for modern day slavery in America (taken from Tomatoland)."  Florida officials have freed more than 1,000 (1,000!) men, women and children who were being forced to work against their will.  I had no idea.  No idea.

There is good news though.  Over the past several years a great number of chain restaurants have committed to only purchasing tomatoes that are a part of the Fair Food Program.  Now there is a movement to get grocery stores to join the fight against unfair labor practices in the tomato fields. 

And, hey, you can join, too! :)  One of the easiest ways?  Sign this super quick petition.

Then, if you're feeling brave, dig a little deeper into the issue.  International Justice Mission has put together some great resources.  You can find them HERE.

Here's to healthy and fair tomatoes! :)

Oh, also, if you have Netflix, watch The Harvest to get a glimpse of what life is like for some of the people who harvest the food we love to eat.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Funnies: Beauty and the Boy

Lately T has been using this expression--"It's a beauty."  

He was painting this picture yesterday saying, "This color is going to be a beauty."

At the "beach" he pockets rocks for his growing collection with a, "Look at this beauty."

I have no idea where he came up with that.  I'm really quite sure I don't say it.  "That's a beauty."  No, that does not sound right coming out of my mouth.  And J definitely doesn't say it.  It's all T.  T and his "beauties." ;)

And this just cracks me up.  Getting the last of the water out of this pool without letting the air out has become a wrestling match with the wet, grassy, buggy pool. In short, the whole process makes you feel a little foolish.  I usually do it, but J is just so lucky that when he was doing it I had the camera handy. ;)

Looks like a blast, huh? ;)  

And then there is this girl who has been totally teasing them about their thumbs quite a bit as of late. :)  Funny girl!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Now That Was Early

This morning we voluntarily got up at 5:00am so we could go see this...

The hot air balloons taking off over the river.

T was so tired that he was using Beza's hair as his bear. :)

Holding his hand on the way back to the car I was struck by how cute his little feet are in his flip flops and that soon his little thumb won't be wet anymore and those feet won't be so small...

Such an early morning called for breakfast out.  We watched in utter awe as this girl pounded 4 pancakes before the others had even eaten 2.  She gobbled them up even when they were a little hot.  Apparently, Girl LOVES pancakes. 

Needless to say that our carb-laden, early risers are quite tired today.  Add in July 4th's late night fireworks from the roof of the van and we're hoping we all catch a few extra winks tomorrow morning. :)

Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, July 05, 2012

12 Years (A Brief Retrospective)

Outside during a fire drill during our senior year of high school.

J and I reached a big milestone this summer.  We have now been together as long as we have not.  We started dating when we were 17--seniors in high school.  (Our story--HERE.)

To commemorate our 12 year anniversary I started looking through some old photo albums.   Oh man, the pictures are crazy.  Some of them are sweet and some are downright cringe-worthy. :) 

Senior prom. Wow.

College dance.

After 5 years of dating--married! :)

At a game a few months later.

And then I promptly turned 45.
WHAT?!? In. The. WORLD?!? 

A few years later--but still before kids. :)

Now. :)

I think this might be my most favorite year yet. :)  
Happy 12 years, J--love you! :)

(Oh, but PLEASE, NEVER-EVER let me cut my hair like that again!!! ;)